NOVEMBER 2003 News From Our President DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OFFICERS President Patty Caudle, SPHR (336) 659-2429, Ext. 3161 1st Vice President Barry Brown, PHR Arbor Acres NOVEMBER 2003 (336) 724-7921, Ext. 218 2nd Vice President It was good to see so many of you at our last meeting, especially since it was one of our evening Karen Caines, PHR meetings. It was also nice to have our ASU Student Chapter represented at the meeting. Our next Goodwill Industries of NWNC, Inc. meeting will return to the lunch timeframe on November 18th. It will be important to have as (336) 724-3625, Ext. 297 many members present as possible, because it is nomination time again. Our Nominations Committee has been working hard to bring us some outstanding individuals to serve on our Board Treasurer Ken Crews, SPHR next year. They are: Douglas Battery Mfg. Co. (336) 650-7214 Luba Havraniak, nominated for the Job Link Director position; Membership Secretary Sherri Hart, SPHR Spevco, Inc. Monica Murphy, nominated for the Recording Secretary position; (336) 924-8100 Patti Fisher, nominated for Membership Secretary position; Recording Secretary Teresa Bailey Noregon Systems, Inc. Teresa Bailey, nominated for the Treasurer position; and (336) 768-4337, Ext. 111 DIRECTORS Sherri Hart, nominated for 2nd Vice President position. Pamela Angle, SPHR BB & T Corporation (336) 734-0405 I also wanted to mention that a new vendor has been selected for our website, and we hope to have it converted in the next several weeks. I would like to thank Teresa Bailey for all of her Katherine B. Broadhurst “Kit” (336) 725-6378 hard work on this project, and her commitment in keeping it updated next year. David Isaac (336) 631-2866 Also, don't forget to solicit items for our December Auction meeting. Feel free to bring them with you to the November meeting or contact Barry Brown at 724-7921 to arrange delivery. Lorrie Meadows Senior Services, Inc. Remember ... you get extra SHRM dollars for getting items for the auction. We want to make this (336) 725-0907 event even more fun than last year, so please help us obtain items! Kim Rhue Novant Health Lastly, I wanted to put in a plug for national SHRM membership. They have extended their special (336) 718-5420 membership offer until November 14th. First time members can get national membership Carolyn H. Sink, SPHR for the discounted price of $145, and will also receive a SHRM tote bag free! This special (336) 764-4054 offer is only good through November 14th, so don't miss out. I have been a national member for many, many years and have never regretted joining. The benefits of membership are many, Robert Sipprell, Jr., SPHR (336) 732-5155 and just receiving HR Magazine is worth the $145. National membership is a great way to stay up- to-date with the every changing HR profession, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who Teresa Whittington Cinnabar Solutions, Inc. isn't already a member. (336) 722-5195 Hope to see you at our November 18th meeting! PAST PRESIDENT Linda Johnson, PHR Douglas Battery Mfg. Co. (336) 650-7075 Patty Caudle, SPHR, WS-SHRM Chapter President Welcome New Members! Carmen Canales, Wachovia Corporation, 100 North Main Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101, email@example.com. Brent Younts, Spectrum Laboratory Network, 4380 Federal Drive, Suite 100, Greensboro, NC 27410, firstname.lastname@example.org. Your SHRM Connection Update.. “Investing in Your future as an HR Leader” is this year’s theme for the SHRM Foundation. The SHRM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable, not-for-profit organization. The Foundation depends on annual contributions to build its endowment and fund important research, publications and projects. It is an opportunity for HR Professionals to make tax-deductible contributions to help strengthen the profession. “HR Heroes” is just one example of an innovative project sponsored by the Foundation. A series of videotape interviews with senior HR professionals on what makes a successful, strategic HR leader include interviews between HR executives and their CEOs to discuss how they work together to achieve business goals. These tapes are now available in 15-minute segments with a discussion guide for use in academic programs and within local SHRM chapters. The Foundation also helps us understand the critical issues shaping the future of our profession. And it invests in the future through sponsorship of the HR Games, Master Series and student scholarships. Each year our chapter makes a contribution and each member is encouraged to do so as well. Your contribution will have an impact on many people by creating vital and effective workplaces through solid HR research. For more information, visit www.shrm.org/foundation or contact the SHRM Foundation at 703-535-6020. Bob Sipprell, Jr., SPHR WS-SHRM SHRM Committee Chair Remember to Vote for the Outstanding Professional in HR! WS-SHRM’s Recognition Committee is pleased to announce a new award for our Chapter for 2003! Realizing there are members in our Chapter that have shown a great deal of leadership in the field of Human Resources, we would like to recognize that achievement each year. The Recognition Committee will be accepting nominations for this award from June-November, with the winner being announced at the December dinner meeting. We encourage you to nominate any individual whom you feel has demonstrated outstanding service to the Human Resource profession, to the HR Community and to other community service activities and who deserves recognition. Nominations should be submitted by memo with an attached resume or biographical data that lists the types of service to HR and their respective communities. The winner from our local Chapter will be nominated to the NC-SHRM for consideration of a recognition award at the state level in 2004. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments and the dedication of many of our talented HR professionals, locally and statewide. Please submit your nominations to: WS-SHRM, c/o: Recognition Committee PO Box 863, Winston-Salem, NC 27102-9998 HR Job Opportunities…… Part Time HR Director – Greensboro - Rapidly growing services company, with approximately 80 employees, seeks a capable hands-on HR generalist on a part-time basis (2 days per week). Responsibilities include: Recruiting, Employment, Compensation, Benefits, Employee Relations, Training and Development. Reporting to the CEO, you will be a key member of the management team, leading the HR function. This is a great opportunity for a talented HR professional to partner with management, assisting in building the talent base and skills required for growth, linking HR to the business plans, and establishing a highly customer focused HR function. Requirements include undergraduate degree, 8+ years of generalist experience in fast growing and entrepreneurial companies. Interested applicants should email resume and compensation history. Consultants and interested part-time applicants should apply. Contact: Dave Brookmire, Corporate Performance Strategies, email@example.com. Temporary Position (3-4 months) Compensation Analyst - Advanced Personnel Resources has an immediate need Compensation Analyst, $40-$50,000 is the salary range. Degree is preferred. For additional information, please contact: Cindy Kelly, Search/Marketing Consultant with Advanced Personnel Resources, Inc., 701 Green Valley Road, Suite 310, Greensboro, NC 27408 or via phone at 336-272-7720, fax at 336-272-7729 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Human Resources Manager (Personnel Technician III) - UNC-TV, Research Triangle Park, NC seeks hands on leader to manage recruitment, organizational/professional development, strategic planning, compliance and staff relations for North Carolina's statewide public television network. Requires employment/safety related laws/regulations expertise, four year degree and 2 years' related experience. Prefer additional 3 years experience fostering leading-edge HR concepts, practices and systems, SHRM certification, HRMIS experience and strong presentation, collaboration and facilitation skills. Salary Range: $27,987 - $45,515. Completed State application for Employment (PD107) must be received no later than 5:00 PM Friday, November 7, 2003. HR Office, UNC-TV, PO Box 14900, RTP, NC 27709-4900. Application form may be downloaded from www.unctv.org. October Meeting Recap … Our speakers for the October evening meeting were Scott Sinclair and Bill Sykes of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Their primary focus was “Continuous Improvement in ESC Job Services.” The NC ESC is developing a program that will be rolled out in early 2004 that is designed to help employers recruit professional, technical and managerial. We, as recruiters, tend to utilize resources such as: search firms, current employees, company web site and newspaper advertisements. The ESC can help! With 60 local branches, 33 branch offices and 112 JobLink Career Centers, the ESC placed over 91,000 people between 7/2002 and 6/2003! Of these, approximately 5,500 were in the professional, technical and managerial category. The ESC believes the solution to the challenge of placing more professional, technical and managerial candidates is NC Job Connector – a web-based job services platform that is simple, has easy-to-understand pages, logical page sequencing, increased self-help features, enhanced job order entry and applicant profile build using O*Net classifications and descriptors and has a Continuous competency-based, automatic matching engine. Improvement in After a one-time registration procedure from the ESC web site, you can begin ESC to take advantage of this free service that promises to deliver better matches and more candidates for the needs of employers. Services” For additional Keep posted by checking out their website at www.ncesc.com. Also, you may contact Bill Sykes at email@example.com or 919-715-1326, or Scott information, Sinclair at firstname.lastname@example.org. contact: If you would like me to email the PowerPoint presentation to you, I will be www.ncesc.com happy to do so. Email me at email@example.com. . Please join us November 18 for our lunch meeting. Joan Dixon of Piedmont Associated Industries will speak on Diversity. This promises to be a very exciting and interactive time! Barry Brown, PHR 1st Vice President 60 local offices ESC Offices 33 branch offices Branch Offices 112 JobLink Career Centers Placed over 91,000 people 7/02-6/03 (Approx. 5,500 in professional, technical and managerial positions) Calendar of Events … August 26-November 25, 2003 Certificate in HR Management Program (The SHRM Learning System Course). Classes held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the 4th Street Downtown Center (601 West 4th Street) located in the Chamber of Commerce Buildling. Pre- registration is required. For more information contact Kristy Parker at (336) 631- 1325 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. November 2003 - Certification Study Group This group is for those individuals who are preparing to take the PHR/SPHR certification exam in December. The study group will begin in early November. For those interested, contact: Ken Crews, SPHR, WS-SHRM Treasurer/Instructor at (336) 650-7214 or via email at email@example.com. ! October 23 - November 20, 2003 Fundalmentals of Human Resource Management Certificate Program. This class is a true introduction to human resource management. This five week class is scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the 4th Street Downtown Center (601 West 4th Street) located in the Chamber of Commerce Buildling. Pre- registration is required. For more information contact Kristy Parker at (336) 631- 1325 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. November 2-5, 2003 TechLearn 2003 – Special Conference Discount Offer for Members! We are pleased to announce that Winston-Salem Chapter members are entitled to an exclusive conference registration discount to attend the annual TechLearn Conference taking place November 2-5, in Orlando. At $995 you can save as much as $400 off the on- site price! When you register via phone or on-line, use source code 74 and discount code 960 to ensure you get the discounted rate. (Note: Offer valid for new registrations only.) TechLearn is the world’s leading event focused on business and government leaders employed in using learning, training and technology to develop workforce skills, engage customers and provide educational programs in their organizations. More than 1,500 attendees from 56 countries attend the event, which is sponsored by over 50 major learning and technology providers. TechLearn offers compelling content, developed by Elliott Masie of The Masie Center, delivered with a unique approach that inspires dialogue, creativity and FUN! For more information about TechLearn, go to www.techlearn.com or call 800-829- 3400/218-723-9130. Those events listed above with an asterisk have been approved for credit towards the PHR/SPHR certification by HRCI. WS-SHRM Government Relations Bulletin November 2003 David Isaac, Legislative Liaison SHRM Invited To Testify Before The EEOC The EEOC recently held a public meeting to examine trends and issues driving the need to make changes to its organizational makeup and improve its level of customer service. Camille Olsen, an attorney with Seyfarth, Shaw, testified on behalf of SHRM. She made sure that the EEOC understood that SHRM was interested in partnering with the EEOC. She educated the Commission about SHRM’s information center and its ability to field about 75,000 calls per year. She also informed the EEOC that shifting demographics will play a large role in the workplace and would likely raise discrimination and reverse discrimination complaints. Her testimony highlighted that for the EEOC to be effective in eradicating discrimination, it is essential for the EEOC to partner with HR professionals and employer groups as well as to continue meeting with employees. At the public hearing, Cari Dominguez, the EEOC chairwoman, announced that she is proud to partner with the EEOC on its web site chats and is pleased with the response that they have gotten when EEOC employees participate. She said that it gives the EEOC a chance to talk with individuals on the front line and learn about what is happening in the workplace. Final COBRA Regulations In Early 2004 The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) estimates that the final regulations for COBRA will be published in early 2004. Group health plans will then have six months to implement the final rules and make all of the necessary administrative changes. Until the final rule is published, plan administrators are urged to use the model notices contained in the proposed regulations. The proposed regulations were published on May 27, 2003, and the comment period closed on July 28, 2003. SHRM applauded the EBSA for issuing regulations to an area that has remained largely unregulated and for adopting procedures already followed by many plan administrators, such as allowing the general COBRA notice to be issued in a summary plan description so long as it is presented within 90 days of the start of coverage, and requiring plan administrators to provide election notices within 44 days of a qualifying event when the plan administrator and the employer are the same. SHRM did suggest that additional time be granted for employers and plan administrators to bring their plans into compliance and to extend the effective date until August 1, 2004 or nine months after the final rules were published. SHRM also suggested that group health plan administrators be allowed to provide written notice of an individual’s ineligibility for continuation coverage under COBRA assuming the procedures established under ERISA and the related labor regulations for processing claims under the group health plan, rather than what is required in the proposed regulations, namely that they be in writing and in 14 days after the plan administrator receives notice. (Continued on next page) WS-SHRM Government Relations Bulletin (Cont’d) November 2003 Have You Written To Congress Lately? During the month of September, SHRM members wrote a total of 1,978 e-mailed letters to Congress using the SHRM website. This brings the year-to-date total up to 19, 020. The State of North Carolina continues to do well on a national basis. During September, North Carolina finished second among all states with 149 letters. If you are a SHRM member, it is quick and easy to send an e-mail to your legislators in Washington. Simply go to www.shrm.org. From there you can click on Governmental Affairs and in just minutes, you can tell Senators Dole & Edwards, or Congressman Burr what you think. SHRM has already written “form letters” on several different topics that can simply be forwarded to Washington. As constituents, we should keep in mind that these people work for us and we should regularly let them know what we think. New Rules On Flexible Spending Accounts As we move toward open-enrollment season, please keep in mind that the IRS has recently announced that over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be paid for with pretax dollars through health care flexible spending accounts. The Treasury and the IRS issued guidance clarifying that reimbursements for nonprescription drugs by an employer health plan are excluded from income. Thus, reimbursements by FSA’s and other employer health plans for the cost of OTC drugs available without prescription are not subject to tax if properly substantiated by the employer. This is great news for employers who can use this rule to help persuade employees to use FSA’s. The more money that employees contribute to FSA’s, the less money that employers need to spend on social security matching contributions. This is a true win-win. NOVEMBER CHAPTER LUNCH MEETING ~ DATE: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 TIME: 11:30 a.m. – Network 12:00 Noon – Meeting Begins (Lunch Provided) PLACE: LJVM Coliseum SPEAKERS: Joan Dixon with Piedmont Associated Industries (PAI) TOPIC: “Diversity” Please RSVP no later than Monday, November 10, 2003 to Sherri Hart at email@example.com or by calling our RSVP line at 917-5601. We look forward to seeing you at the November Meeting! Member Address City, State and Zip Happy Thanksgiving!
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